Lawrence Central coach says IU got a good one in Wes Rogers

At Lawrence Central, the quarterback/center relationship was at the heart of so much – ending with a trip to the 5A state title game last November – the last two seasons.

Quarterback Tre Roberson verbally committed to Indiana then won Mr. Football honors after the state title game run. Now his center will also be a Hoosier.

Wes Rogers verbally committed to Indiana late Sunday, choosing the school over scholarship offers from 13 others, including Louisville, Cincinnati, Air Force, Army, Temple, Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan.

There could have been more, Lawrence Central coach Jayson West said, but it was difficult to assemble a great highlight film for a center that in the trenches.

Still, labeled Rogers as three-star prospect and the No. 8 center nationally. He is Indiana’s 12th verbal commitment in the class of 2012 and the third offensive linemen.

“One of the best kids I’ve ever coached,” West said. “As a kid and as a worker.

“He’s very special and was huge in the progress we made the past few seasons.”

Roberson and Rogers developed a relationship during the two years, and Roberson was certainly in the latter’s ear about committing to Indiana.

The two were always on the field at LC, West said.

“Good souls and hard workers that we’re always there working,” West said.

Rogers fit as a center the last two seasons because he was the best at quickly snapping the ball and then moving faster to the defender.

Because of that, he’s a better run-blocker than pass at this point. But West wants to use Rogers at guard and tackle more this season, in part to get him used to pass-blocking by placing his foot in the figurative bucket and taking on a defender.

A near 4.0 student, Rogers plans on attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana.

“I am just glad it all worked out for him,” West said.



  1. This is the type we need in the trenches to start building into a good program. I am really excited about him and Feeney. It’s nice to land OL with BCS offers.

  2. It is great to hear a high school coach speak of his players the way the Lawrence Central coach speaks of Roberson and Rogers. It is also impressive that these future IU players are serious about their education. There is a link between focus in the classroom and focus on the field.

    We can learn a lot from looking at the type of person and player Coach Wilson is bringing. It reflects well on him, the assistants and, now, the University.

  3. The last I heard Roberson had not qualified academically prior to the start of summer school???? Not sure about the focus and link on academics.

  4. I think it’s Great that players want to come here. Bill Mallory had a very successful career taking kids who only had offers from MAC schools and then turning them into BIG Ten players (Corso did this too). If Wilson is the kind of coach (and I of course include his staff) that I think he is, this type of recruiting and word of mouth (with eventual results) will lead to success.

  5. Another FB commit carrying a 4.0 GPA through his Junior year. That’s at least two verbal recruits with a 4.0 GPA that have verbally stated they want to play for Wilson. Add to that two playes with a GPA of at least 3.5 and that’s a third of the 12 verbal commits with excellent academic performance in Hihg School. No way can anyone suggest that Wilson is not recruiting solid students.

    As for Roberson, I’m pretty sure he was recruited by and received an offer from Lynch. Wilson honored that scholarship offer, and rightfully so, but if Roberson does not cut the academic mustard, you can’t blame that on Wilson.

    Not all FB recruits will be excellent students. In fact, some may barely qualify under the NCAA’s academic standards. I’m sure that over time, the recruits’ academic performance will form a typical bell curve, with some excellent students, many average students and a small percentage of students that struggle. But so far, it looks to me as if Wilson is doing a good job recruiting a lot of players that are solid students.

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